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Industrial Sexuality: Gender, Urbanization, and Social Transformation in Egypt

Industrial Sexuality: Gender, Urbanization, and Social Transformation in Egypt REVIEW Industrial Sexuality: Gender, Urbanization, and Social Transformation in Egypt Hanan Hammad Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016 279 pages. ISBN 9781477310724. Reviewed by CLAIRE OUESLATI-PORTER Industrial Sexuality won the 2017 Association for Middle East Women’s Studies Book Award. Hanan Hammad’s Industrial Sexuality is about the lives of proletarianized peasants who worked for the Misr Spinning and Weaving Company (MSWC) in al-Mahalla al-Kubra from the1920s throughWorld WarII. Thebook is auniqueresourcefor courseson gender and sexuality and the formation of the modern state in the Middle East and North Africa. Rarely have workers, not necessarily participants in organized labor movements, had their stories told with such detail and care.Through an analysis of archival records that includes court cases, official MSWC documents, and memoirs, Hammad weaves a his- torical account of how industrial work formed the modern Egyptian subject. Chapter 1 investigates the making of industrial masculinities. While the state legiti- mated aggressive masculinity for middle-class men, it condemned as antinationalist male factory worker aggression in response to abuse and exploitation. The stress of dangerous and humiliating labor conditions in the MSWC forged both docile and volatile worker masculinities. Workers fought each other, management, hostile al-Mahalla native resi- dents, police, and rival http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Duke University Press

Industrial Sexuality: Gender, Urbanization, and Social Transformation in Egypt

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Copyright © 2018 by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies
ISSN
1552-5864
eISSN
1558-9579
DOI
10.1215/15525864-6680270
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REVIEW Industrial Sexuality: Gender, Urbanization, and Social Transformation in Egypt Hanan Hammad Austin: University of Texas Press, 2016 279 pages. ISBN 9781477310724. Reviewed by CLAIRE OUESLATI-PORTER Industrial Sexuality won the 2017 Association for Middle East Women’s Studies Book Award. Hanan Hammad’s Industrial Sexuality is about the lives of proletarianized peasants who worked for the Misr Spinning and Weaving Company (MSWC) in al-Mahalla al-Kubra from the1920s throughWorld WarII. Thebook is auniqueresourcefor courseson gender and sexuality and the formation of the modern state in the Middle East and North Africa. Rarely have workers, not necessarily participants in organized labor movements, had their stories told with such detail and care.Through an analysis of archival records that includes court cases, official MSWC documents, and memoirs, Hammad weaves a his- torical account of how industrial work formed the modern Egyptian subject. Chapter 1 investigates the making of industrial masculinities. While the state legiti- mated aggressive masculinity for middle-class men, it condemned as antinationalist male factory worker aggression in response to abuse and exploitation. The stress of dangerous and humiliating labor conditions in the MSWC forged both docile and volatile worker masculinities. Workers fought each other, management, hostile al-Mahalla native resi- dents, police, and rival

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Journal of Middle East Women's StudiesDuke University Press

Published: Jul 1, 2018

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